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As the music world continues to mourn Lou Reed‘s death, his final interview has just been released.

On Sept. 21, Reed was in New York for a photo shoot for Parrot Zik headphones. Film director Farida Khelfa sat down with Reed to discuss music and the origin of sound, among other topics.

When asked why he chose to pursue music, Reed simply said that he loves it. “You do what you love or you get arrested,” he said.

Reed taught himself guitar when he was nine years old, saving money from working in the field and forest. “I’ve never gone to school. I play from the heart,” he said. “Rock & roll you only need three chords.”

As he discussed the transformation from vinyl to CDs, he admitted that he recently remastered every album in his catalog to improve the sound. “It was so beautiful it made me cry,” he said. “I am very emotionally affected by sound. Sounds are the inexplicable. There is a sound you hear in your head, it’s your nerves, or your blood running. It’s kind of amazing to hear that.”

Lou Reed died on Oct. 27 from liver disease. In a eulogy, Bono recalled the first time he met Reed and talked of how he will remember Reed.

“This is how I will remember him, a still figure in the eye of a metallic hurricane, an artist pulling strange shapes out of the formless void that is pop culture, a songwriter pulling melodies out of the dissonance of what Yeats called “this filthy modern tide” and, yes, pop’s truly great poker face – with so much comedy dancing around those piercing eyes.”

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